Message from our Chief Wellness Officer

A Special Message

Dear Colleagues,

The events this past week in our country have been heart breaking and stressful. Many people throughout our Buckeye family and community are experiencing substantial fear, distress and pain as a result. We will collaborate with our university family to strategize about a plan to address racism in our midst and support change that must happen to ensure the equality, safety and opportunity that Ohio State represents for people of all races across our state, our country and our world.

Please know that myself and our Buckeye Wellness team are here for you to lend care and support as you need it, so do not hesitate to reach out to us. Additionally, I want to remind you of counseling resources available through our Employee Assistance Program and student Counseling and Consultation Services if you are experiencing emotions that are interfering with your functioning. We also have online evidence-based programs to help you to reduce stress and improve your health and well-being. Our Stay Calm and Well Series Part 2 will be starting on July 15. Please participate in these offerings and encourage others to do so as well. Our university-wide wellness team will continue to highly prioritize our core values of diversity, inclusion and equity along with the mental/emotional health and well-being as well as safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are committed to influencing meaningful change.

Please continue to look for silver linings as they are present and remain hopeful, even in the midst of all of the recent distressing events. Also, remember that it is not selfish to take good self-care during this time. My thoughts and best sentiments remain with all of you.


Warm and well regards,


In 2011, The Ohio State University demonstrated its deep commitment to the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff by becoming the first university in the United States to appoint a Chief Wellness Officer. I am honored to be in this role and to have an outstanding campus-wide team that works diligently to ensure that healthy choices are easy for everyone to make.

We care passionately about optimizing the well-being of our Buckeye family and want everyone to lead long, healthy, productive and joyful lives. If you’re a student, this is a fantastic time to start learning and practicing healthy behaviors that will have lifelong benefits. If you’re faculty or staff, you can continue to grow on your personal journey toward optimal health and well-being with the many resources and programs that Ohio State has to offer.

You have the power to shape your own well-being. Sometimes, the simplest behavior change is all you need to dramatically change your life and your health outcomes for the better.

It takes 30 to 60 days to make or break a new habit, so set the goal to make one healthy lifestyle change today. Write that goal down, and place it where you can see it every day to help ensure success. Then, access the many wellness resources and programs that we have here at Ohio State to help you achieve your goal.

At Ohio State, we champion everyone to engage in healthy behaviors to enrich their lives. Best wishes to you on your personal journey toward optimal health and well-being!

Warm and well regards,

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Bernadette Melnyk
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